Serrano re-signs with Tinkoff

Ricardo Serrano (Tinkoff)

Ricardo Serrano (Tinkoff) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

By Monika Prell

Ricardo Serrano has re-signed with the Russian-owned Italian Professional Continental squad Tinkoff Credit Systems. The Spaniard has confirmed to Todociclismo that he renewed his contract for one more season. The 29 year-old has finished his 2007 season as soon as possible after enduring a difficult second half. "The balance I draw is regular, because the second half of the season was not good at all," explained Serrano.

Serrano had a good lead in to the Giro d'Italia, but suffered problems with allergies during the Italian race and also suffered from tendinitis in the Achilles tendon. "This did not allow me to get a good competition form after the Giro, so that I was not able to show a good performance like in other years," added Serrano.

Things didn't get much better for Serrano, with the rider explaining he suffered from fatigue after the Vuelta a Burgos. "I had one good day and seven bad ones, as the body did not answer and as I accumulated a lot of fatigue," explained Serrano.

The rider from Valladolid, who is currently on holidays, is happy that Tinkoff renewed his contract despite his poor season. "They knew what happened to me and they trusted in me, even if they expected something more," he said. "I hope that I can be again the rider I was in the last years."

Serrano believes that he will easily outperform the results of this season neat year. He began to train in the middle of October to get a perfect form for next year, where he's "almost sure" to ride the Giro d'Italia and perhaps the Vuelta a España.

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